I finally have decided to own my own domain name and make this blog a little more official than what it is now.  I have always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to actually own my own site and blog from there.  So, go check out http://www.theeasymac.com.  All the content from this blog is on there and go check out new stuff and the design in the days to come.  Thanks for reading and keeping up with me.

Shaun

“A reliable source tells us Amazon wants to give a free Kindle to every Amazon Prime subscriber.” (Via TechCrunch)’

This should be interesting.  For those of you that don’t know what Amazon Prime is, it is a service that gives the customer free 2 day shipping on their items that they buy from Amazon.  Not every item on Amazon qualifies for this.  You pay $79/year for Amazon Prime.  If you tend to buy a lot from Amazon, this may be the way to go.  I have it and it comes in very handy and I know I get my $79 worth each year.

Ok, so now on to the good stuff.  This would be very interesting for Amazon.  If this is true, yes Amazon would be losing a little money in the short run.  But they are banking on the fact that people who have Amazon Prime will be the ones that will continue to support Amazon and buy ebooks on the Kindle, which they are hoping will recoup the loss of giving you the Kindle for free.  Interesting strategy as they try to compete with Apple and the iPad.

Personally I don’t think this stands a chance against the iPad.  If Amazon is really going to make a difference they need to compete directly with the iPad and come out with a Kindle that will run in direct competition to the iPad.  Right now there is no comparison between the iPad and the Kindle.  The iPad, in my opinion smashes the Kindle in so many different ways.  I think initally this promotion by Amazon may work, but after a while, you are going to see more and more people drawn to the iPad, even if they have to pay for one.

These are my thoughts.  What are yours?  Please leave your comments and feel free to follow me on Twitter @shaun_27.

A few months ago, I got in on the MacHeist Nano Bundle.  With it came a free app called Shove Box.  To be honest, I really didn’t think much of it and I kind of dismissed it after playing with it for about a half hour.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I was browsing through my applications folder for an app to review and for some reason ShoveBox caught my eye.  I decided to give it another try and to actually use it for a significant amount of time this time around.  I am kind of glad that I did.

ShoveBox is an application that lets you basically “shove” documents, texts, url’s, music, and images into the application and gives you a space where you can save things.  Think of it as a virtual locker where you can compartmentalize and save things in.   The app rests in the top menu bar and you drag and drop whatever you want into it.  There are many other ways you can get “stuff” into your ShoveBox as well.  You can take notes, capture images through your iSight, jot down a quick note (something they call “quick jot”)  and import from your clipboard and put it all the ShoveBox as well.  I like that they give you so many options to get what you want into ShoveBox.

When you get into the app itself, it is pretty basic in design.  ShoveBox has an “InBox” where everything that you put into ShoveBox goes into here.  From here you can move whatever you put into ShoveBox into folders, if you like.  Within the app you are also given the option to use the capture feature you get when you use the menu bar.  So, if you would rather not use the menu bar, you can feel free to open up the app and do the same things you could in the menu bar.  Within the app you have the ability to flag and label your “stuff” that comes into the app.  Also within the app you can edit documents with limited formatting options.  But it gets the job done if you are doing simple notes.   You can also export anything that you put into the app itself.  This is a nice feature to have, but I notice that when I put a Word Document into ShoveBox and then try to export it, I lose some of the formatting.

One of the great things that ShoveBox did is that they created an iPhone app to compliment the Mac app.  This is not as full featured as the Mac app is, but it gets the job done.  You can capture images with your camera and create notes and save them into your folders or inbox within ShoveBox.  The Mac App and the iPhone app do sync together, but they have to be on the same WIFI network in order to sync.  They cannot just sync over the air.  This is kind of a pain because I have to remember that if I capture anything on the iPhone app that when I go home I need to sync it with the Mac app.  This may not be a huge deal to some, but to me, it would be nice to have something that syncs over the air so you don’t have to worry about this.



Overall, this is a pretty decent application.  The Mac App costs $25 and the iPhone app is free.  Not bad for what the app can do.  For those of you that are familiar with Evernote, I would say ShoveBox is a few steps below.  ShoveBox is for the person that is looking for a simple application that they can put small notes, receipts, pictures, etc into.  The one nice thing about ShoveBox as compared to Evernote, is that there is no storage limit or yearly fee, it is just a one time payment.  If you are looking to purchase ShoveBox, you can get it here.  Let me know if you have any questions, looking forward to hearing your comments.  Catch me on Twitter @shaun_27.  Here is a video below of ShoveBox.

You know to be perfectly honest, before I tested out this application, I never really knew what Silverlight was.  All I knew is that it helped me play videos on my Mac that were made for Windows.  That was the extent of it.  So when I saw a twitter post the other day about a Silverlight Client for Facebook, I was intrigued.  My initial thought was “what is that?”  So I went to the site and downloaded the application and read up more on Silverlight.  Well, for those of you that don’t know Silverlight, to put it in simple terms, is a plugin that provides similar functionalities to Adobe Flash.  It helps integrate graphics and animation into a user client.  Silverlight is made by Microsoft and the nice thing about it is that it is made to run on any operating system.

Ok, enough about all this Silverlight buggaboo, you just want to know more about the app, right?  Well, the application itself was pretty slick.  It keeps all of the major features of Facebook (commenting, like button, updating status, looking at pics and movies) and puts it in a pretty sweet looking UI.

As you can see from the picture above, this app looks like a souped up version of Facebook.  You have your standard News Feed in the middle and the options to choose other links to the left and in the top, but one thing that I thought was nice was the different feed viewing options.  If you look on the top right you see “full feed”, “grid”, and “photos feed.”  I really like that they put this option in.  It gives the user more options.  Also, on the right there, Silverlight puts a collage of recent pics from your friends in the right hand column, which is a nice touch as well.  The major plus about this app is that like I said before, you can do everything you need to for Facebook right from the app, there is no need to go into Facebook online, unless you want to play a Facebook game.

(Grid View)

The only gripe I have about the app is that, I can’t use my scroll wheel to scroll up and down through my News Feed.  I have to click and drag my mouse or click on the up or down arrow.  I know, not a big deal, but for me, I am so used to using my Magic Mouse to scroll up and down it is kind of a bummer I can’t do this.  The other thing that I don’t like about the dragging or clicking, the flow is kind of choppy as you drag or click up and down.  There is no other way for me to explain this, you have to see it for yourself.

Other than that I really like the app itself.  It is a great addition to Facebook and best of all it is free.  All you need to do is download Sliverlight first.  Once you download it from the link, you need to refresh the page and then the Facebook app will automatically download.  If it doesn’t, then just close your browser and go back to the site again and it should start to automatically download.  If you need the link to the site, here it is http://bit.ly/91y6TG

Hit the video below to give you a better idea of how the app works.  Any questions, feel free to leave comments or Twitter me @shaun_27.

For the past couple of weeks I have noticed that my Mac has been unusually slow and dragging a bit.  So I took to the world wide web to read up on it.  What I found was that people who use their Mac a lot will do what is called a restore of their computer.  That is where they basically wipe their whole computer of what is on there and then reload it again.  This is supposed to take out all the little things that are making your computer slow and taking up space.  My fear in doing this is that I had no way of knowing if I would get all my apps back that I had bought.  So I did more research to see what people were doing for this.  A lot of people had a huge external drive and were making copies of their hard drive on it and then reloading that once they wiped everything out.  This made sense to me, but I didn’t have the resources to do this, but I did have a Time Capsule.  The other thing is I really couldn’t find was an easy way to follow how to restore my computer.  I saw a lot of different ways, but only a few that really made sense to me.  I am hoping the following will give you an easy way to do this if you so desire.   The following is my experience, successful, I may add, after a couple of hiccups, restoring my Mac.

What I first did was I backed up all of my “important stuff” on my external hard drive.  This was my music, pics, applications, and documents.  I did this just in case the restore didn’t go as planned and at least I would still have all of these things.  My plan at first was to wipe my computer and reinstall Snow Leopard and then transfer all my important stuff from my external drive to my refreshed Mac.  If that didn’t work, then I had the Time Capsule as a backup plan to get my stuff back.  Here is my step by step process

1.  Insert your Start up Disk, whether it be Snow Leopard or Leopard.

2.  You then need to restart your computer, while you are restarting, make sure you press “C”.  The reason for doing this is because you will then boot the computer from the disc.  Hold down “C’ until you see the Apple Logo.  You will then be guided through the install process.

3.  Once you choose your language, you will be asked to reinstall the OS.  At this point look at the top menu bar and look for “Utilities”.  Click on it and you will see a drop down menu.  Click on “Disk Utility”.  This will start the process of erasing everything on your computer.

IMPORTANT: Before you do this, PLEASE make sure you have your hard drive backed up on a Time Capsule or an external drive.  If it is on an external drive you have to be sure it is a cloned copy of it and not just dragged and dropped over.  Here is an article on how to do this.

4.  When you are in the Disk Utility you are going to want to click on the Erase Tab.  You will also want to click on your hard drive in the menu on the left as shown in the pic below.

5.  Now click on the “Erase” button.  This will bring up a menu for you to choose what kind of erase options you want to choose.  I personally chose the “Zero Out Data” option.  I think this will work fine for you to get everything off.  If you really want to make sure, you can choose the “7-pass Erase”, but I don’t see a need for it.

6.  Now you wait and wait………..  The Mac at this point is erasing all of your data.  So, now you are at the point of no return.

7.  Once this process is done, you can now begin the actual restore process.  This is where it got interesting for me.

8.  What I first did was install Snow Leopard, then I thought I could just drag and drop all of my important stuff that I saved on my external drive onto my new install and everything would be fine.  This was not the case.  My mac did not recognize my applications that I dragged and dropped over from my external drive and saw them as brand new applications and so if I had paid for one before it was seeing it as I didn’t pay for it.  Not good, I wasn’t about to start all over like this.  So it was time to move to Plan B, restore from the Time Capsule.

9.  There are a couple of ways to do this.  You can either install Snow Leopard and then use the Migration Assistant to migrate your info from Time Capsule to your computer.  For some reason this way didn’t work for me.  When I went online to read about it, it seemed like it worked for some and didn’t for others.  So I resorted to the following:

10.  When I got ready to reinstall Snow Leopard again, I clicked on the “Utilities in the top menu bar.  Then I clicked on “Restore System from Backup”.  This will then begin the process of restoring your Mac from a backup, whether it be an external drive or your Time Capsule.  Since I have a Time Capsule, that is what I chose.  If you have an external drive with a cloned copy of your hard drive, you select that instead.

11.  If you are using a Time Capsule, you will be asked to select a backup that you want to restore from.  I just selected the most recent one since I knew it was current with everything I needed.  Once you finish this, the Mac will now restore your computer back to it’s original setting.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure before you start this process that you have your ethernet cable plugged in.  This helps make the restoration process go by a little faster.


For my Mac, it took about 5 hours for it to go through this process.  So don’t fret if it takes a while.  Once the process is done, you will be asked to restart your computer.  At this point, your computer should look just the way it looked before you started this process with everything in the same place.

So why go through this long process?  Well, the more you use your computer and the more things you download the more bogged down your computer gets.  Every once in a while it is a good idea to give it a nice clean.  I was able to get about 9 GB’s of space back in this process and things seemed to run a little smoother and snappier.  After going through this process I have found that it is really not as bad as I had anticipated.  I had feared for the worst, which was that I would lose everything.  But I found that as long as I have everything probably backed up onto a Time Capsule or an external drive, I should be okay.  But at the same time, that is the key, everything NEEDS to be PROPERLY backed up.  Again, if you don’t have a Time Capsule, go to this article to help you if you plan to use an external drive.   Then you can continue with the process I gave you.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or you can hit me up on Twitter at shaun_27.

The main reason why I got a Google Voice account is so that my wife and I could have a “home” phone number.  When we both got married we both had cell phones and hadn’t used a land line in a long time, so we decided to keep it that way.  Well, as we found out after the first few months when people wanted to get a hold of us, we didn’t have a central number that someone could call to get a hold of either of us without having to call both our cell phones.  We still didn’t want a landline and deal with the extra costs, and so when Google came out with Google Voice, I jumped at this opportunity as fast as I could.  This now gave us what I was looking for, which was a number that people could call and it would ring both of our cell phones that way we were both somewhat accessible to people by dialing one number.  The only thing I kept waiting for was an iPhone app for Google Voice, but my hopes were crushed when Apple decided to deny Google of the native app for the iphone.  Well, the wait is no longer, sort of……

Today Google came out with a workaround for Apple’s denial of a Google Voice App.  Google has always said they were going to put together a web version of Google Voice for the iPhone and today they made good on that promise.  For those of you who don’t know a whole lot about Google Voice, it is basically Google’s own online phone  system.  It isn’t like Skype in that Skype is a VOIP.  With Google Voice, you still need your own phone line, whether it be a land line or a cell phone.  When you dial someone’s number Google Voice dials your phone that you connect to Google Voice, and then it connects your phone to the number you dialed.  The only difference between this and a regular call with your cell phone or landline is that the number that you are calling from is your Google Voice phone # and not your cell or landline #.  The one nice advantage Google Voice has is that you can send SMS messages to anyone for free.  This is nice if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on text messaging.  Google Voice also has some other nice features like a neat call forwarding option.  You can set a schedule for how you want your Google Voice phone calls forwarded and to any number.  So I can set my Google Voice number to ring to my work phone while I am at work and to my cell phone after work is over.  The other nice feature is that Google Voice is able to transcribe your voicemails and send you an email with a transcription of the voicemail so that you can respond either by

I spent most of today fiddling around with the app and checking out how well it works and how similar it was to the actual Google Voice web app on my computer.   My initial thoughts on the web app is that it is very good.  It basically does everything you could do on the web app on a computer.  I was able to call and SMS very easily on the web app.  The navigation is also very easy and intuitive.    It also stays in sync with the computer web app pretty well also.

The one weird thing on the app was when I would dial someone it would ask me to dial the person, but would give a weird number that wasn’t the person that I was calling.  I would press “call” anyway and it actually went through to the person I was calling, so not that big of a deal, but just a little weird.  My other wish is that I wish there was a way to be notified you get a SMS message other than email.  I wish you could configure GV to SMS your phone number when you get an SMS on your GV #. As of right now I can only get it on email, which is I guess okay.  Overall, the app works very well.  You can add the GV site to your Home Screen so it is easier to get to the app.

As a side note, a Google Voice Chrome extension just came out as well, which is very hand to have.  The extension lets you know if you have any voicemails or SMS messages and lets you respond to them from right inside of the extention.   You can also call or SMS someone straight from the extension.  It is a pretty nifty extension to have especially if you are by your computer a lot during the day.

Overall, it is a nice app to have for the iPhone and for life in general.  So why is Google Voice so attractive?  Well, it really depends on the person and why they are using it.  For me, it gives me a central phone number for my wife and I.  I can also get FREE text messages through Google Voice, which is nice.  It is almost making me think about cutting down on my SMS costs with my iPhone plan.  And everything about Google Voice is free, outside of the international calls you make, which are at a decent price.  Unfortunately, Google Voice is an invite only app right now.  You can request to get an invite here.

My life may not be as crazy as others, but I have been finding over the months and years that my life is pretty busy and I need to write things down.  I needed an app that I could put my calendar on as well as my wife’s.  I also wanted a way that my wife and I could look at our calendar’s on our Macs, or any computer, and our iphones and be able to make changes to our calendars on any one of those platforms and it would sync over the air.  Not a lot to ask right?  Well, unfortunately, I didn’t find one application to do this.  But I did find a way to do this, with the help of a few applications.  This post is mainly to talk about the three main applications that make this possible.  They are Busy Cal, Google Calendar, and Nueva Sync.  Most of you are familiar with Google Calendar, but I will talk more about Busy Cal and Nueva Sync and how all three of these apps put together gives me the ultimate calendar organization process. Busy Cal is what I really wish iCal would be or become some day.  It really takes all of the basic features of iCal and brings them to a whole other level.  Like iCal you have the basic Day, Weekly, Month view, but it also adds a list view, which I really like.  You can create notes for each event and they will show up for the event.  You can also add recurring to-do’s which are nice as well as add sticky notes to the calendar.  Busy Cal also gives you features to add graphics and live weather to your calendar.  But, one of the main reasons why I like Busy Cal is that it syncs with Google Calendar and to your Local Area Network (LAN) or in “Simple Man’s” terms, your wifi connection.  The nice thing about this is that if you use Google Calendar and/or an iPhone, this comes in very handy.  I will explain more about this in a bit.

If you remember earlier my goal was to have access to my calendar as well as my wife’s calendar on my Mac, or any other computer, or my iphone.  I also wanted to be able to make any changes on any one of these three platforms and have it sync over the air to our Macs, Google Calendar, and our iPhones.  Well, about a 8 or 9 months ago, I figured out two different ways to make this happen with a decently priced and a not so decently priced way to do this.

The Decently Priced Alternative

This alternative uses iCal, Google Calendar, Nueva Sync and Busy Sync.  First, to explain Nueva Sync, it is a FREE syncing service that syncs your Google Calendar to your iPhone Calendar.  It is very similar to the Google Sync, which does the same thing as Nueva Sync, except you can only sync 5 calendars in  Google Sync.  In Nueva you can sync up to 11 calendars.  So that is why I chose Nueva Sync.  You can sign up for it here. Busy Sync gives you the syncing capabilities you get with Busy Cal except you would have to use iCal.  The cost for Busy Sync is $25. When you look at other syncing services for iCal and Google Calendar, this is actually a pretty decent price.  You can purchase Busy Sync here. So basically you first connect your Google Calendar and iCal with Busy Sync.  This gives you the flexibility of adding appointments on iCal or Google Calendar and it will sync both ways.  Then in order to give you the option to add and make changes to the iPhone and to have it sync back to your iCal, you use Nueva Sync.  Once signed up with Nueva Sync, it will sync your iPhone with your Google Calendar.  Then since your Google Calendar is synced with iCal using Busy Sync, your iphone now syncs with iCal, all over the air.   There is no need to plug in your iPhone to your Mac to have it sync your calendars.  So now essentially you can make changes on your iCal, Google Calendar, or your iPhone and it will keep all three in sync.  This setup will just cost your $25, as Google Calendar and Nueva Sync are free.  The only thing you are paying for is Busy Sync. The Not So Cheap Alternative

This alternative uses Busy Cal instead of iCal, Google Calendar, and Nueva Sync.  With Busy Cal, they have Busy Sync built in so you don’t need to purchase both Busy Cal and Busy Sync.  The price on Busy Cal is $40, which is why I consider this The Not So Cheap alternative.  With Busy Cal it replaces your iCal, like we talked about earlier.  Then it will sync with Google Calendar and using Nueva Sync, Google Calendar will now sync with your iPhone and vice versa.  So this is your 2nd alternative to achieve what I originally set out to do.  If you are interested in purchasing Busy Cal, you can get it here.   So, which one works better.  Really, it is about personal preference.  Personally, Busy Cal is a little high for me.  But  I also have to say that this is the method that I prefer.  I like the added features in Busy Cal, it is cleaner and to be honest, looks good to the eye.  Another reason why I chose this method is that I was able to get Busy Cal for $10 because at the time I owned Busy Sync and everyone who owned Busy Sync at the time got the discount.  So all that to say, $40 may be high for you, it may be not.  For those of you that really want to go cheap, there is a free version of this setup, but it is partially over the air.  For that you can just get Nueva Sync and Google Calendar.  This will give you syncing between Google Calendar and your iPhone.  If you then want to sync with iCal, you will have to plug in your iPhone to iTunes to sync.  But if you are strictly a Google Calendar and iPhone user, this may be the option for you.

Well, there you have it.  Hopefully this post was helpful to you.  Now, in no way am I saying this is the only way to achieve this.  I am sure there are numerous other ways to do this.  I would love to hear your comments and what your “perfect” way  is.  Thanks again for reading.  Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @shaun_27.  Have a great week!!!

As I was looking at the App Store earlier in the week I noticed an app called “CauseWorld” on the front page.  For some reason it caught my eye and I was curious.  Come to find out CauseWorld is an app that gives you the opportunity to do something good.

The basis of the app is that you have the chance to give what are called “karma points” to different charities just by going into stores and restaurants and checking in on the app on your iphone.  When you check into a store you get a certain amount of  karma points.  You can then use these karma points to donate to different charities that CauseWorld has set up.  Some of the charities include Donor’s Choose, Feeding America, American Humane, and Prevent Child Abuse Americato name a few.  When you donate to a charity you are providing a specific thing to that charity that CauseWorld has set up with that charity.  For example, when I donate 14 karmas to Feeding America, Feeding America is able to feed a meal to a person in a food bank.  And the cool thing about it is that you are not paying anything.

Other features of CauseWorld are that you can connect to Facebook to show the world what you are donating and to what organization.  When you donate a certain amount of times you get what are called “cause badges” and after a certain amount of donations you can get a promotion.  This is kind of cool that they implemented this feature as kind of like a game.  The competitor in me wants to do the best that I can!!  They also have a feed on their app that shows you other people who have donated or have been promoted to a higher level.

As with any app there are always limitations.  You can only check in at different locations every three minutes.  Also the maximum amount of check ins are 10 per day.  This makes a lot of sense so that there is no abuse to the app.  The other interesting thing about this app is that right now it is funded and sponsored by CitiBank and Kraft.  These are the two major companies that are providing the funding for the donations.  They both have generously donated a total of $500,000.  The question that I have is what happens when this funding runs out?  Will more companies come on board?  Will Citi and Kraft continue to donate?  Or, the option that I hope doesn’t happen, does the app run out of funding and shut down?  Let’s hope it is not that.

Overall, this is a great app that is not only fun, but makes you feel good inside.  Yes, I know that can be cheesy, but think about it.  We all want to do good, no matter who we are.  And lets face it, a lot of us can be lazy when it comes to doing good deeds.  I am not accusing anyone, I get that way at times too.  So this gives us a small, but fun way to give back.  The UI is very well done and so far have found no major glitches.  I highly encourage you all to get the app.  Also, right now they have added the Red Cross as an option to donate to, to help with the Haiti relief.  And right now, CauseWorld will donate double the amount of karma points you donate to the Red Cross for this cause.   You can get the app here on itunes for free.  Now go, and make a difference in this world and have fun with it!!

A week ago I stumbled along a Twitter post from a mac blogger about the upcoming application called Thoughts that was coming out for the Mac.  So my curiosity got the best of me and figured I had to see what this app was about.  The first thing I noticed about the application is how clean and well done the interface looked.  It is a note taking application at its core, but the best thing about it, is that it is fully integrated into the Mac and looks like it was put together very nicely.

Books and Pages

Thoughts starts out with “books”.  You create a book and you can have as many pages as you desire in that book.  The book even opens up like a book would and every time you start a new note, the pages turn, again like a book would.  This is kind of a nice visual feature to have.   You can add pictures from iphoto or from the web, web links, text, and documents that you have.  Each note has it’s own formatting palette, which  has the basic functions of any word processing application.   The formatting palette is enough that I could write my post in here and didn’t have to sacrifice on any formatting that I wanted to use.

Exporting

There are three ways that you can export your pages.  You can export your notes as a Word document, PDF, RTF, or an Open Document.  You can also email and print pages.


This is pretty much it as far as features of the application.  So, why do I like this app so much??  Well, first of all the UI is so well done.  It just looks good and with the pages turning like a real book, it is those little things that make this so visually attractive.  I love that I can capture everything in here and the guys who built Thoughts made it so easy to add content from other places.  Can we compare this to Evernote, the popular note taking application?  Not really, because I don’t think they are in the same class.  Thoughts doesn’t have a web application or an iphone app like Evernote does, but for me that is not a deal breaker.  I like Thoughts for the dead simpleness of being able to write things down and capture text, links, or images from other places and being able to organize them in a neat way.  Right now Thoughts is in private beta, but if you purchase the app you can get into the private beta as well as score two more pieces of software in their PreOrder Bundle.  The cost is $34, which is not bad, but may be a little high for some.  For those of you that are looking for an application like this, but don’t want to pay the yearly fees of Evernote, and are willing to sacrifice an iphone and web app, this may be the best app out there for what it is trying to accomplish.

Well, that is it for now on Thoughts.  I am sure it is only going to get better and I will make sure to keep you all updated.  Below is a walkthrough video of the application to give you a better idea of the application.  Feel free to leave comments, thanks again.  You can also follow me on Twitter @shaun_27 or on Facebook at The Easy Mac

A few weeks ago the guys over at laan labs came out with a video recording app for the iphone for the 2G/3G.  I was pretty excited about this and gave it a try.  You can read my initial review here  http://bit.ly/4U9P35.  Laan labs were very upfront with this first go around with the app.  They said it was doing about 3 frames per second (fps).  But they also promised bigger updates.  So I decided to take stab at the app and buy it and try it out.  It was definitely slow, but I liked the sharing options and decided I would wait around.

Well, today they came out with ver. 1.1.  And it is a big improvement from 1.0.  Here are the new features.

Speed and High Quality

First of all the overall speed of the video recording has gone from 3 fps to 10 fps.  The video doesn’t seem as choppy which is nice.  They have also have a high quality mode that you can switch to that gives your videos a little better quality, but sacrifices on length of video recording.  In the low quality mode you can record a video for quite a while.  I recorded a 5 min video in my testing. The other new feature as far as shooting video is concerned is that you can now do landscape videos in both modes

Sharing Options

This I think will be this apps strong point in the future.   For the moment, it is its downfall.  They have added to the original list of places that you can share to.  In addition to YouTube, Facebook, and email, you can now share to Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, TwelveSeconds, or even an FTP transfer.  The other cool thing is that you can share the video over a WIFI network.  So if you want to put the video on your computer as long as your iphone and computer are on the same WIFI network you can get the video.

The bad part about this is that I have been having troubles uploading to YouTube as it takes a few tries to upload and once it uploads successfully, I have yet to be able to get my video to play on YouTube.  I get a message saying that an error has occurred.  I was able to successfully email the video and got it to play on my computer, which I couldn’t do in the previous version.   At the moment I cannot get the video to upload to Facebook or Twitter, which is a little frustrating as those are the two social networks that I use the most out of all the ones that iVideo offers.  I have put in an email to laan labs about this.

So as promising as the sharing options are, at the moment, they need a little work.  Once they get stabilized  and are able to upload the videos properly, the better this app will become.

Library

iVideo now has a place to store your video.  You can still choose to save your videos to the camera roll, but now you can also save videos to the video library that iVideo has provided.  From the library you options to share your video or delete it.

All of these are nice features and I am glad to see that this app is improving.  For the next update it looks like they plan to push the fps rate up to 15 and make the resolution even better.  It would be nice if they can work out the kinks with the sharing and uploading of videos also.  A couple of features I would like to see in future updates are touch zoom and video editing.  I am excited for the potential of this app, I hope it is able to continue to get better and better.  Feel free to go over to the laan labs website for more info and demo videos of the apps features http://bit.ly/8MgBRy

Here is a short test video that I did with the app:

Here is a link for the app in the app store: http://bit.ly/7iIi0E, right now it is $.99.

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